Brigadier Gerard Stakes: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

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Sir Michael Stoute will bid to further enhance his excellent record in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes on Thursday

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Thursday's Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown, and pick out their 1-2-3...

"Should have more to offer, and commands maximum respect given trainers record in this race..."

Timeform on Regal Reality

1. Here Comes When (Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy)
Smart performer who won Superior Mile at Haydock (by length from Circus Couture) in 2018. Finished last of 10 behind Anda Muchacho in Premio Vittorio di Capua at Milan on final start. Acts on good to firm going, but is extremely effective under very testing conditions, something which he will unlikely get here, and others look stronger on his return having to concede 3 lb to his rivals.

2. Bombyx (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt)
Useful performer who won minor event at Doncaster (by three and three quarter lengths from Polish) in 2018. Good two and a quarter lengths third to Protected Guest in handicap at Yarmouth final start. Has been gelded since, but has plenty to find with the principals here.

3. Danceteria (David Menuisier/Jamie Spencer)
Smart performer who was successful in 2018 in handicaps at Sandown and Newmarket (three times, all on the July Course). Did well to win 12-runner listed race at Maisons-Laffitte on reappearance in April by head from Mer Et Nuages, having to switch before getting up near finish, and type who can make his mark in pattern company this season. Not to be underestimated.

4. Elwazir (Owen Burrows/Jim Crowley)
Smart performer won minor event at Sandown and handicap at Ascot (by one and three quarter lengths from Extra Elusive) in 2018, and still green when 10 lengths fifth to Teodoro in Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock final start. Remains with potential this season, a good type physically who should prove even better as a four-year-old, and interesting to see how he fares in the market on return.

5. Matterhorn (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning)
High-class performer who has proved most progressive on the all-weather, winning six of first eight starts as well as Easter Classic AW Middle Distance Championships Stakes at Lingfield (by seven lengths from Wissahickon, storming clear) in April. Respectable three-quarter length second to Forest Ranger in Huxley Stakes at Chester back on turf last time, conceding first run. Likely faster ground here should suit better, but still needs to fully convince with effectiveness on turf.

6. Regal Reality (Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore)
Smart performer who won Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood (by one and three quarter lengths from Ostilio) in 2018. Off seven months, and shaped encouragingly when one and a half lengths third to Beat The Bank in Mile at Sandown last time, slowly away and leaving the impression he is ready for this step up in trip. Should have more to offer, and commands maximum respect given trainers record in this race.


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